CURRENCIES: Dollar Flat Against Yen Amid Lack Of Fresh Cues

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar was almost flat against the yen on Thursday, with investors reluctant to take strong positions given a lack of fresh cues. The U.S. dollar (USDJPY) inched down to Yen101.45 from Yen101.48 late Wednesday in New ...

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Raises Cash Rate to 3.5%

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand on Thursday raised interest rates for the fourth time this year but signaled it wouldn't introduce further increases until the impact of the latest hike has been assessed. The economy appears to be ...

Brazil Sells $3.5 Billion 30-Year Bonds -- Update

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer SÃO PAULO--Brazil's government on Wednesday tapped the global debt market, issuing $3.5 billion in new bonds maturing in January 2045, and announced the buyback of shorter-dated global bonds to whittle down the country's debt-service costs. The new ...

Moody's Cools Australia Housing Fears

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

SYDNEY--Despite sharp gains in Australian house prices over the past year fanned by record-low interest rates, Moody's Analytics said that prices are overvalued only in some states, not across the country as a whole. In a report Thursday, the firm ...

Increase in the number of employees

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

Press release from Statistics Sweden 2014-07-24 9:30 AM Nr 2014:431 Labour Force Survey (LFS), June 2014: Increase in the number of employees In June 2014, 4 870 000 persons aged 15-74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is an increase ...

HSBC China Flash Manufacturing PMI Rises in July

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

BEIJING--A preliminary gauge of Chinese manufacturing activity rose to an 18-month high in July, suggesting Beijing's efforts to stimulate growth are paying off. The preliminary HSBC China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers" Index, a gauge of nationwide manufacturing activity, rose to 52.0, ...

Spanish Unemployment Falls on Strong Job Creation

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

MADRID--The number of jobless people in Spain dropped by just over 300,000 in the second quarter from the first, as a period of strong jobs creation led to a significant decrease in the country's sky-high unemployment rate. The rate, one ...

Euro-Zone Recovery Regains Momentum -- 3rd Update

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Paul Hannon The euro zone's economic recovery appears to have regained some lost momentum in July, as surveys of purchasing managers pointed to an increase in private-sector activity driven by Germany and the services sector. However, the surveys also ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Up; Jobless Claims Tumble

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures were higher on Thursday as well-received earnings lifted shares of Facebook Inc. and Ford Motor Co. on a busy day for corporate results. Weekly jobless claims ...

Brazil Central Bank Signals No Rate Cuts -- Update

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Jeffrey T. Lewis and Rogerio Jelmayer SÃO PAULO--Brazil's central bank sent markets a strong signal that it isn't planning to lower interest rates this year in light of continued inflationary pressure, after recent market speculation the bank might be ...

U.S. Markit Flash PMI Falls to 56.3 in July

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Cynthia Lin U.S. factory expansion decelerated this month, weighed down by the weakest pace of job creation since September 2013, according to an early reading of July activity released Thursday. The flash purchasing managers' index compiled by data provider ...

Italy's July Consumer Confidence Slips for Second Month

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Liam Moloney ROME--Italian consumer confidence fell slightly in July, for the second month in a row, as all sectors slipped, statistics institute Istat said Thursday, indicating that the slow recovery in the euro zone's third-largest economy still isn't reaching ...

U.S. New Home Sales Fall in June

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON--New-home sales fell in June and May's reading was revised significantly lower, signs that the U.S. housing recovery is failing to build momentum heading into the second-half of the year. Sales of new single-family homes fell 8.1% from May to ...

Euro-Zone Recovery Regains Momentum -- 4th Update

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Paul Hannon The euro zone's economic recovery appears to have regained some lost momentum in July, as surveys of purchasing managers pointed to an increase in private-sector activity driven by Germany and the services sector. However, the surveys also ...

EUROPE MARKETS: European Stocks Rise On Strong PMIs, Spain Data

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch)--Euro-zone purchasing managers' indexes out on Thursday indicated the region got off to a strong start in the third quarter of the year, sending stock markets higher. Spanish stocks outperformed the broader European market after ...

CURRENCIES: Pound Falls As U.K. Retail-sales Data Disappoint

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch , Hiroyuki Kachi NEW YORK (MarketWatch)--The pound sterling fell against the dollar, euro and yen Thursday, pressured by weaker-than-expected U.K. retail sales data and the lack of a clear hawkish signal from the Bank of England. ...

U.S. Treasury Bonds Fall on Upbeat Economic Data

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Cynthia Lin U.S. Treasury prices pulled back Thursday on an encouraging labor-market report, tilting the 10-year yield back above 2.5%. In New York trading, benchmark 10-year notes lost 13/32 in price to yield 2.512%, according to Tradeweb. The 30-year ...

Japan Exports Fall 2.0% on Year in June

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

TOKYO--Japan's run of monthly trade deficits reached the two-year mark in June as export growth continued to be sluggish while imports remained stubbornly high, reinforcing the view that the deficits are here to stay for the once powerful exporter nation. ...

Singapore Central Bank Says Too Early to Ease Property Cooling Steps

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By P.R. Venkat SINGAPORE--Singapore's central bank said Thursday that recent property-sector cooling steps were working but it was too early to ease those measures as real-estate prices remained at elevated levels. "Risk factors have not changed," Monetary Authority Of Singapore ...

Oil Futures Steady After China Manufacturing Data

TODAY: July 24, 2014 PUB DATE: July 24, 2014

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures were steady in Asian trading hours Thursday supported by a larger-than-expected drop in U.S. oil stocks and positive China manufacturing data. On the New York Mercantile Exchange light, sweet crude futures for delivery in September ...